Camarillo, Calif., April 6, 2012 – CSU Channel Islands (CI) will host the 2nd Annual Mediation Conference on Saturday, April 21, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the John Spoor Broome Library on the CI campus.

The conference, presented by CI’s Communication Program and the Ventura Center for Dispute Settlement (VCDS), brings together expert mediators and community members for a day of sharing knowledge and skills on how to better solve conflict, engage divergent voices, and promote healing in our community.

The program features keynote speaker Laurel Greenspan Kaufer, a noted mediator/arbitrator and founder of Kaufer Mediation.  Kaufer recently was named Attorney of the Year by California Lawyer for her pro-bono efforts to co-develop Prison of Peace, a highly successful conflict resolution training program for inmates at the maximum security Valley State Prison for Women.

Eight break-out sessions, led by some of Southern California’s leading conflict resolution experts, will be offered throughout the day.  For listings of the break-out session times and topics, visit http://www.vcds.bz/newsandevents/conference.html.

Advance registration for community members is $85 and includes lunch, materials and the opportunity to engage in critical discussions.  Community members may pre-register online at www.vcds.bz.  Registration on the day of the event is $100.

CI students, faculty and staff may register at no cost by Friday, April 13 at https://csuci.wufoo.com/forms/mediation-conference/.

For more information, please contact Dr. Tracylee Clarke, Assistant Professor of Communication, at 805-437-3305 or tracylee.clarke@csuci.edu.

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